APSC scam:Police on the trail of ‘Rs 1 crore’; DGP hints action against judicial officer, his wife

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GUWAHATI, Sept 23: Assam Police director general Kuladhar Saikia on Sunday hinted at bringing a judicial officer and his wife under the ambit of investigation into the cash-for-job scam in Assam Public Service Commission (APSC) if sufficient evidences are found.

There are reports that a judicial officer and his wife hatched a conspiracy to disrupt the investigation of the case by granting bail to one of the accused officer. The judicial officer’s wife took brije to the tune of Rs 1 crore from a prime accused in which two lawyers were acting a linkmen.

The investigation officer and Dibrugarh additional superintendent of police Surjit Singh Panesar has mentioned in his chargesheet submitted in the court that two lawyers acting on behalf of the scam-accused hatched a plan to get favourable judgment and paid a cash amount of Rs 1 crore to the wife of a judicial officer for handling the case of several arrested ACS/ APS officer.

“The judicial in question and his wife would be brought under the ambit of investigation once evidences are found. The police have been scrutinising the documents as of now. The investigation is not finished yet. Only a part of the chargesheet has been filed,” Saikia told reporters on the sidelines of a Police day programme here Sunday.

The DGP also said the investigation process would continue.

“More names may be there and that will come to light as the investigation goes on,” the DGP further said.
Meanwhile, a senior police official informed this correspondent that the police are waiting for response of state home depart on the query on prosecution of the judicial officer.

“We have sent a letter to the government seeking permission for prosecution of the judicial officer. We are yet to receive the reply,” he said.

According to him the police have sufficient evidence to established the fact that Rs 1 crore has been paid to the wife of the judicial officer for ‘favourable bail orders’ for some accused.

In the chargesheet, it was stated that all such revelations have been made by investigating facts within the legally-permissible limits. Without naming the judicial officer, the investigation officer has made it clear that Rs 1 crore has been handed over to the wife of the judicial officer at Udalguri.

The chargesheet also said two accused Surajit Choudhury and lawyer Sailendra Kumar Sarma Baruah conspired and took money from the guardians of other arrested accused to bribe the judicial officer and thereby taking favourable bail orders of the arrested persons.

“The telephonic conversation between Surajit Choudhury and advocate Baruah regarding their plan of bribing the judicial officer has made the case crystal clear,” the report said.

The report further claims that ‘the intercepted voice files of arrested accused Choudhury and advocate Sarma Baruah have been taken from the SB Headquarters and sent to the Forensic Science Laboratory along with their voice samples for opinion…their voice samples matched with the legally intercepted voice of the arrested accused persons.

“In the voice samples it is clear that Surajit Choudhury has handed over Rs 1 crore to advocate Sailendra Kumar Sarma Baruah to be handed over to the judicial officer. And as per their conversation, the money was handed over at Udalguri in the hands of the wife of the particular judicial officer,” the report claimed.


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